6 Million Americans Now Have Diabetes But Don't Know It -- "Sound the Alert"
Posted Dec 18 2008 8:13pm
Are you at risk for diabetes? Let the American Diabetes Association help you find out now today.
March 28 is the ADA's annual public--awareness "Alert Day," which is intended to reach undiagnosed diabetics and those at risk of getting diabetes.
Millions of people currently have diabetes but don't even know it.
Right now, nearly 21 million Americans (20.8) already have diabetes, with another 41 million Americans, who have pre-diabetes. (That means their blood gloucose (sugar) is higher than normal, but not high enough to be considered diabetes.)
The ADA has a couple of partners in its efforts to identify diabetics. Beginning today and continuing throughout the year, Rite Aid pharmacies nationwide will offer Diabetes Risk Tests to their customers beginning on March 28 and continuing throughout the year.
In addition, the Discovery Channel will air three 60-second spots about diabetes; the first is set to air today.